Many of today's major health problems are caused by chronic stress and conditions of modernn living and working. Therapeutic massage helps work out chronic muscular tension and melts away a certain amount of tension in each session, and if received regularly, keeps tension from building up again.
BreakThru Fitness's ACE-certified personal trainer, Adam Campbell Jr., leads exercisers through private 30-minute training sessions that help add momentum into fitness regimens. After discerning clients’ current fitness levels, Campbell designs customized workout routines that help exercisers reach their fitness goals—whether its to build muscle, tone their core, or power their house with a human-size hamster wheel. Through instruction on proper exercise techniques and help with diet planning, instructors build up habits for patrons to incorporate into their lifestyle while motivating them to get over the plateaus that may discourage them. Clients can bring a friend to personal-training sessions to create a symbiotic workout-buddy relationship, much like how oxpecker birds prevent rhinoceros from eating too much ice cream.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
The aestheticians at Dimitri Dermatology exfoliate face-skin and shrink pores during 30-minute microdermabrasion sessions. Upon arrival, patients discuss their countenance's history with a staff member before handing it over for scrubbing, ensuring that each session is appropriately tailored to account for sensitivity and loose glass eyes. After enjoying a manual cleaning by the hands of an aesthetician, faces find a temporary home under microdermabrasion machines, which aim to shuffle off expired cells to reveal the younger, healthy flesh waiting in the wings. Because wrinkles are caused in part by excess dead skin, microdermabrasion treatments may also reduce lines on the face.
In 1959, Robert Trent Jones Sr. completed work on Timberlane's 7100-yard, par-72 golf course near the west bank of the Mississippi, and it still stands as a friendly, challenging round in a pleasant, private setting. Mature oaks line the sides of each Bermuda-grass fairway, and in 2007, Timberlane re-surfaced its expansive greens with Tif Eagle turf, giving putts a new zip and helicopter pilots a new view. Before hitting the links, sharpen up your chipping, putting, pitching, pitch-shifting, and Super Bowl Shuffling on the all-grass practice range and putting green, or try the driving range nearby. When you're ready, hop in your provided golf cart to match wits with the labyrinthine course, which features four sets of tee areas per hole, 17 water hazards, 80 sand bunkers, and 13 mechanical yetis. If he's around, see if you can snag a tip from resident PGA pro Tim Brown, who was named by Golf Digest as the #1 Best Teacher in Louisiana in 2009.
Licensed massage therapist Cournie Theriot, a New Orleans local, helms Total Body Massage, where she works to alleviate chronic pains and conditions with chiropractic services. Rather than focusing on merely treating symptoms, she strives to understand the root causes of issues such as allergies, headaches, seeing ghosts, and neck and back pain. To this end, she offers a variety of services, including a lineup of massages that include sports, Swedish, and warm-stone modalities.